Classmate’s health more important than rivalry

Orange Out fundraiser for Brandon Burnside in Piqua.  (WDTN Photo)
Orange Out fundraiser for Brandon Burnside in Piqua. (WDTN Photo)

PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – Two local high schools put aside their rivalry Friday night to support a student fighting leukemia.

Orange was the color in Piqua as the Indians hosted the Troy Trojans.

Orange shirts were sold for $10.00 to support Sophomore Brandon Burnside who is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

“We felt like if one of us goes down, we all need to be behind him and help him get back to health. It’s not just like you forget about somebody. He can’t go out there and do some for him, so we do what we can with him,” said Heidi Strevell, Piqua senior.

In addition to the shirts, students also sold orange bandanas, bracelets and raffle tickets.

Orange and white paper chains with words of encouragement were hung up at the basketball game and then given to Brandon after the game. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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